Why Does an Emailed PDF File Print Out in Gibberish?

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Why Does an Emailed PDF File Print Out in Gibberish?
If PDF files are printing gibberish, it is usually easy to fix. (print graffiti image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Abobe Systems, the creator of the PDF format, acknowledges a problem with PDF files sometimes printing in gibberish. Fortunately, Adobe has some quick-and-easy solutions to the problem.

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Print as Image

If your PDF files aren't printing properly, the first thing to try is to print the files as images. The most common problem with PDF printing is that a file may have been created using fonts unavailable on your computer. After you instruct your computer to print a document, a box should open that presents you with print options. Somewhere in this box should be a "print as image" option. This tells your computer and printer to ignore the fonts and print the PDF as if it were a picture. Where the "print as image" option is located depends on your printing software.

Update Your Software

If the above solution doesn't work for you, you should make sure that all of your software is up to date. Installing the latest version of Adobe Reader and the latest driver available for your printer and any available operating system updates will ensure that you do not run into compatibility issues with PDF files.

New Copy

Sometimes PDF files are damaged in transit. If nothing else has worked, try getting a new copy of the PDF. Sometimes, even making a new copy of the document on your computer will fix the problem.

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